By Michael Walters
Today Bruce Boudreau held a press conference at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota. He believes that by drawing on his experience of over 40 years as a player and coach, he can help Minnesota achieve better results. He feels he can motivate the players by focusing on their weaknesses, “My job is to find the Achilles heel of each player and push that button.” Boudreau also believes he can be successful without superstar players.
“You can do it the old-fashioned way. You do it as a team,” he added, per Mike Russo of the Star-Tribune. Boudreau’s point is that the team is more important that any individual and that he can help Minnesota reach the next level. The Wild have made the playoffs the last four playoffs in a row, but have been unable to get past the second round.
The Wild’s leading scorers last season were Mikko Koivu (56 points), Zach Parise(53 points), and Ryan Suter(51 points). Minnesota also has Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, and goalie Devan Dubnyk signed for several years that help make up the core of the Wild team. It will be interesting to see how Boudreau will perform with this team over the next four years.
According to Russo, Boudreau will be paid $10.5 million over the next four years, plus playoff bonuses.
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